It started off as an immigrant story. Born in Hong Kong, our guest came to the US with his family. With intelligence and diligence, he went into management consulting and later became his own boss.
Meet Christopher Li, the serial entrepreneur who seizes the day before it’s dawn.
What you’ll hear:
- What was his “Fresh off the boat” experience like in the ’70s California being the few Asians on the block?
- How did he deal with culture shock coming to the US at the age of 11?
- What values did he pick up from his parents as a first-generation immigrant?
- What did the experience of delivering newspapers at 6 am everyday teach him?
- What was dating like for him when Asian women weren’t many in the mostly White neighborhood that his family lived in?
- What did he see in the face of divorce apart from the fact that it was a very public and expensive failure? What are the silver linings?
- Is an Eternal Optimist nature or nurture?
- How did he tackle the bias of “executive presence” and the glass ceilings as a minority while working in management consulting?
- How does he look at failures in entrepreneurship these days?
- Being a result-driven entrepreneur, how does he deal with harmony in the Chinese culture?
- And so, so much more!
Links from the episode:
- Rip tide
- Star Wars
- Toys “R” Us
- Big Four accounting firms
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